Friday, January 16, 2009

An EXCLUSIVE, behind-the-scenes look at the amazing high-tech equipment designed to protect the next President. That and much more TONIGHT on the CBS EVENING NEWS with Katie Couric


Quote Of The Day

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
-Helen Keller

Did You Know

Ancient Chinese artists would never paint pictures of women’s feet.


Tonight On The CBS Evening News

Here’s an early look at what we are working on for tonight’s broadcast of The CBS Evening News from anchor Maggie Rodriguez who is filling in for Anchor and Managing Editor, Katie Couric

Hello, everyone. This is Maggie Rodriguez filling in for Katie.

For the 155 people on board U.S. Airways flight 1549 yesterday, their survival is nothing short of miraculous. As those passengers return home after the scare of a lifetime, federal investigators are examining the jetliner that made an emergency landing in the Hudson River. One thing that could complicate the investigation: both engines are missing. Bob Orr will have the very latest on this story.

We'll also share the personal stories tonight of some of the passengers and crew, including one man who will have a remarkable reunion with the co-pilot who literally gave him the shirt off his back.

Plus, the captain who's being hailed as a hero for saving his passengers. John Blackstone shows us what friends and family are saying about “Sully” the pilot. And Ben Tracy goes to a crash simulator to get some perspective on how everyone on board survived, and what you should do if you ever find yourself in a water crash situation.

Next: Protecting the president. Armen Keteyian takes an exclusive look inside one company that's found a way to build a shield to keep Barack Obama safe. They even let us test its strength by firing automatic weapons at it. You won't want to miss seeing if it holds up.

Finally tonight, you may have heard that superstar cellist Yo Yo Ma has a spot on Barack Obama's iPod. He also holds a place on the Inauguration Day roster. In tonight's Road to the Inauguration story, Michelle Miller talks with the man whose music will introduce the next president of the United States.

Have a great weekend,


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Feds: 1 Engine Missing From Jet In Hudson
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And here’s an early look at one of the stories we are working on for next week’s broadcast:

The Inauguration of Barack Obama. We begin our special coverage of all the festivities and history making moments...Next week, from Washington on The CBS Evening News.


SATURDAY: Russ Mitchell anchors a full broadcast from Washington.

In addition to the latest news, here are some of the stories we are working on:

OBAMA-LINCOLN CONNECTION - Our incoming president, Barack Obama certainly draws inspiration from our 16th, Abraham Lincoln, calling him his favorite and often quoting him on the stump. But what do these politicians who both adopted Illinois as their home states have in common besides geography? Jim Axelrod talks to a pair of top historians.

GREENSBORO FOUR - On February 1st, 1960, four college students walked into a Woolworth’s and sat down at the lunch counter. That one day lead to months of protests and sparked nearly 50,000 students in nearly 80 southern cities to do the same thing. Russ Mitchell talks to two of the four men about that day, race in America and the election of Barack Obama.

SUNDAY: The Evening News is pre-empted by sports programming.

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Tonight On David Letterman

Join Dave tonight with Actor Zach Braff, Comedian Arj Barker… Plus musical guests The Airborne Toxic Event!

Tomorrow On The Saturday Early Show

Saturday special Pre-Inauguration show - Erica Hill in DC, Chris Wragge, Priya David, and Lonnie Quinn will bring us the weather from New York.

OBAMA DAY ONE - Chip Reid will show us all the preparations that have been going on for Inauguration and then Erica will talk to Dee Dee Myers live, about Obama's priorities on his first day in office.

OBAMA'S INAUGURATION DAY- Erica Hill will talk about what President-Elect Barack Obama's exciting day will be like on Inauguration day!

JOBS FAIR- Chris Wragge will be joined by Vera Gibbons to give job search advice to several guests who are currently looking for a job.

HEALTHWATCH: WAYS TO DE-STRESS- Chris Wragge will be joined by an expert (TBD) who will give us easy tips on how to de-stress-- especially during this tumultuous economy.

WHAT'S IN AND OUT IN DC: Erica will talk to Amy Argetsinger from the The Washington Post about what's popular, and what isn't now that a new President is in town.

OBAMA INAUGURATION AND GOALS: Erica will talk to Chip Reid and Congressional Correspondent, Linda Douglass, to talk about Obama’s goals in office and Inauguration preparations.

HOW TO FIND A MAN- Chris will be joined by relationship expert and author Whitney Casey to talk about the best ways to find a man.

SECOND CUP CAFE - We'll hear songs from the "Four Tops" to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Motown music this year!

BROOKLYN STEPPERS: 100 Brooklyn Steppers will join Lonnie on the plaza and perform a fantastic step dance routine before their performance at Obama's inauguration!

INAUGURATION PARTIES- Erica will talk live to Sally Quinn, author and journalist from The Washington Post about all the Inauguration balls and parties. Sally will tell us which parties are the best to go to, and which celebrities will be expected to arrive!

CHEF ON A SHOESTRING: Chris will be joined by Michael White-- one of the country's premiere Italian chefs. He will prepare a three-course Italian meal-some of which are part of Obama's favorite things to eat!

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Saturday On 48 Hours Mystery

Here’s a look at what’s coming up on Saturday’s broadcast of 48 HOURS MYSTERY, Peace, Love and Murder:

It was the early 1970s when Bob Eckhart and Toni Soren met. The two self-proclaimed hippies fell in love instantly and were married only 48 hours after meeting, blending their last names to create a new romantic one: “Heartsong.” Twenty-seven years and two children later, their union was torn apart when Bob came home from work to find Toni bludgeoned and stabbed to death, with seven wounds to her neck.

Bob Heartsong’s peaceful personality wasn’t all that made him an unlikely suspect in his wife’s death. An unidentified fingerprint discovered on the deadbolt of the door, a series of burglaries at neighboring homes and a suspicious homeless man spotted in the area all likely eliminated Heartsong as a possible suspect. His alibi, seemingly corroborated by his co-workers, also placed him 43 miles from the murder scene and he even passed the police’s lie detector test.

The case went cold-until 2006. Six years after Toni Heartsong’s murder, a determined detective reopened the case in the hope that new DNA technology could help uncover her killer. Authorities believed they struck gold when the tests came back identifying Bob Heartsong’s blood under his wife’s thumbnail and his DNA on her hand, providing enough evidence for prosecutors to try him for her murder.

But could this affable man who said his marriage was “like living in nirvana” so brutally kill his wife? What about the co-workers who claimed Heartsong was at work during the crime? And the strange man who was spotted in the area around the time of the murder?
Harold Dow reports on this week’s 48 HOURS MYSTERY, Peace, Love and Murder.

48 HOURS MYSTERY airs Saturday at 10pmET/9CT

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Here's What We've Planned For Sunday Morning


INAUGURATION HISTORY: Inaugural ceremonies and speeches have set the tone for administrations ever since President George Washington took the oath of office in 1789. Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer takes us on a journey through some of the best and worst moments in the history of this great American spectacle, as he looks back on 220 years of Inaugural ceremonies and celebrations, interviewing such political figures as William Safire, District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty and Linda Douglass of the Obama Presidential Inaugural Committee.

DOOMSDAY: How prepared is a new president to deal with a national or world crisis on day one? Rita Braver talks with top Bush administration officials about the plans they’ve developed for the incoming Obama team to deal with a doomsday scenario.

POET: Erin Moriarty speaks with poet Elizabeth Alexander as she prepares for the job of her lifetime: reciting an original poem during Barack Obama’s inauguration.

AGING PRESIDENTS: After a relatively short time in office, Presidential hair turns gray…and deep lines seem to etch themselves into Presidential if being President actually speeds up the aging process. But...according to one study...that is exactly what happens. Tracy Smith has the latest wrinkle on a theory that claims Presidents age twice as fast as the rest of us.

MARIAH CAREY: Troy Roberts profiles the singer who will be performing at one of the Inaugural Balls.

RHETORIC: Jeff Greenfield tells us what to look for, and what to listen for, on Inauguration Day---and considers not only what the incoming Presidents said, but where they said them, what the outgoing Presidents might have been feeling, and other trenchant observations of Inaugurations past.

OUR KIND OF TOWN: It seems people are interested in seeing places and meeting people that are in ANY way connected to President elect Barack Obama. So it is not surprising that there are now Obama tours in his hometown of Chicago. Bill Geist boards the tour bus and visits some of these new tourist attractions-including the vacant ice cream shop where the Obama’s had their first kiss, the ballroom where they held their wedding reception, the barber shop where the President elect has had his hair cut, and the restaurant where Mr. Obama has enjoyed breakfast. How does our next President like his eggs? You’ll find out this Sunday Morning.

NATURE: Bald Eagles in Wisconsin.

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Sunday On Face The Nation


Tuesday will mark the historic Inauguration of Barack Obama to be President of the United States. The crowd in Washington could be the biggest ever! But the problems facing the new President are many. Issue One: The Economy. On .CBS News Face the Nation this Sunday, Bob Schieffer will have an exclusive interview with President-Elect Obama's top economic advisor, Larry Summers. How long will this recession go? Will the stimulus package halt the slide? Is the U.S. facing double digit unemployment? Those questions and more for Mr. Summers. Then we'll turn to the inauguration and talk with Georgetown University historian Michael Eric Dyson, and John Dickerson of Slate Magazine. There will be, as always, a final word. That's all on Face the Nation, this Sunday.

Sunday 60 Minutes

60 MINUTES is pre-empted this Sunday, Jan. 18, by CBS Sports coverage of the American Football Conference Championship game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens.

Monday Morning On The Early Show

Maggie Rodriguez, and Harry Smith will anchor the THE EARLY SHOW from the capital in Washington, DC. Russ Mitchell will anchor from the CBS Washington, DC bureau. Dave Price will bring us the weather from the mall in DC. Julie Chen is on assignment.

Below are some of the stories we are working on for Monday’s broadcast:

QUARTET IL DIVO PERFORMING AT PURPLE BALL - The Obama’s will spend much of Tuesday night at various inaugural balls and one in particular they're expected to attend is the “Inaugural Purple Ball”...honoring bipartisanship, unity and diversity. The multi-platinum operatic quartet “Il Divo” has received the coveted invitation to perform at “The Purple Ball,” and they join us Monday morning on the mall to perform one of the four songs they will sing at that ball Tuesday night.

INAUGURATION POET AND FRIEND OF THE OBAMA’S - Among the people taking part in Tuesday’s inauguration is 46 year old Elizabeth Alexander. This African American studies professor at Yale University has known the Obama’s for several years...but she had no idea she'd be presented with such a life changing opportunity - only the fourth poet to appear at an inauguration ...Elizabeth Alexander is in daunting company -- the others were Maya Angelou, Miller Williams and Robert Frost. We will speak to Alexander about how she got this amazing opportunity and about her friendship with the President-Elect.

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